1D1F has failed due to lack of implementation plan-NDC MP
Despite the government’s insistence of success, in the implementation of the one-district-one-factory policy, the Member of Parliament for Buem constituency, Mr. Daniel Kwasi Ashiamah says the policy has failed.
The MP told Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyapong that the policy lacks an implementation plan in implementing the policy.
In his view, the government failed in putting in place a plan before launching the policy.
”The policy has failed. I am not saying this because I want Ghana to fail. I am saying this because the government failed to put in place an implementation plan before the launch of the policy,” he added.
The government keeps on stating it has in place an implementation plan and concept paper for the programme but the legislator says should the NPP leave office today, there would be no paper in place to guide a new government on how to continue with the programme.
Per explanation given by the government, the cost of each project is determined on the basis of the Business Plan of an average of between $1 million and $10 million and that the equity contributions of both government and the private sector will be used to leverage additional debt financing from local or foreign banks.
Such strategic private sector investors include both domestic and foreign investors. Government’s equity investment in any project shall not exceed 30 per cent.
Also, additional government contribution is provided in the form of infrastructural support including dedicated energy supply, tax incentives, subsidies and facilitation of access to land.
The One District One Factory Programme was instituted by His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo to address the challenge of slow economic growth at the district level through a massive nationwide industrialisation drive, which will equip and empower communities to utilise their local resources in manufacturing products that are in high demand both locally and internationally.
The programme is to help the country reap the well-known rewards of industrialisation, such as gains in efficiency in every facet of life in our society, increase in agricultural and manufacturing output, a reduction in the reliance on imports and increase in the production of consumer goods and food availability.
The mission of the One-District, One-Factory programme is to identify and create business opportunities in the districts, harnessing the strengths and resources of the locals in an efficient technology and demand driven value chain.
But Mr. Ashiamah is alleging there is no proper plan and documentation to support this plan and land-owners have refused to allocate their lands since they believe they would be short-changed.
A new NDC administration he promised would embark on a policy to allocate a land in each district for a factory with proper documentation and plan, electricity and water supply.